Amazon’s Prime Video app is coming to Google’s Chromecast and Android TV, while Google’s YouTube app will return to Amazon Fire TV products.
Google Photos is the best place online to store, edit, tweak and share a massive amount of photos. Plus it adds new features sometimes. Read on for all the little tricks that will allow you to get the most out of your pictures on Google Photos.
Gmail users, the NEW “schedule” email option is now rolling out. Go into your Gmail, click on compose, enter a recipient’s email address and if you go to the bottom left corner where it displays the send button (see below) you will see a small down arrow. Click on the down arrow and then click on “Schedule Send”. From that point forward it is self-explanatory. You can then select a date and time that you wish for the email to be sent.
I am thinking of scheduling and sending an email for far out in the future, beyond my demise, to let everyone know, I am spiritually still with them and that there is Gmail in Heaven.
On your Android smartphone or tablet, look for “Google Photos”. With “Google Photos” you can back up any photos you take and see them online from any device at the “Google Photos” web site. To make this an automated process, do the following:
- Open the “Google Photos” app on your device and tap on the (menu)…
- Tap on “Settings”
- Select “Backup & Sync”
- Toggle “Backup & Sync” to the “on” position. At this point on the selections under “Backup & Sync” you should see your Google (Gmail) account.
- Scroll down to “Upload Size” and select “High Quality” (free unlimited storage).
Note: Google will allow you to upload unlimited images providing you let Google convert the images to the “High Quality” setting. If you select “Original”, you will eat up your online space at Google.
Very easy; and will allow you to see your photos online. You can then, at your convenience, delete the photos on your phone when space becomes an issue.
Note: A Google account is required. Typically, you should already have a Google account when your Android phone was set up for your personal use.
Google announced today on the YouTube blog that anyone with a Google Home or Google Assistant-powered speaker can now listen to ad-free music from YouTube Music.
When using Google to perform a search you can use what is called “qualifiers” (or common search techniques). One such qualifier that I often use is the word “define”. For example, let’s find the definition of the word “cognitive”.
Go to Google Search and type in the box the following:
Then, hit “Enter” on your keyboard to get the result(s) or definition for “cognitive”.
If you notice there is no space between the qualifier “define” and “cognitive”. They are separated by a colon (:). You can also leave out the colon, but I have gotten into the habit of using the colon due that I use other qualifiers.
Here are examples of other qualifiers or common search techniques – click here.
It’s no secret that tech companies with competing products aren’t averse to using dirty tricks to get ahead. According to a former Mozilla executive, it’s something Google has been doing for years: intentionally sabotaging Firefox to increase Chrome’s popularity.
Wow… How Gmail (and Us) have evolved. I worked in IT at a time when the internet was ramping up and online services were in their infancy. My very first email account was a Hotmail account, that I still have to this day, and AOL was a favorite of many people. What was your first email account?
With its launch on April 1, 2004, many people thought Gmail was an elaborate April Fool’s prank. It was anything but that, and the past 15 years have proven how serious Google is about email.
I am hoping this feature hits our Gmail Accounts that we privately use at home. The feature will allow you to compose an email and schedule it to send later.
Write now, send later
We understand that work can often carry over to non-business hours, but it’s important to be considerate of everyone’s downtime. We want to make it easier to respect everyone’s digital well-being, so we’re adding a new feature to Gmail that allows you to choose when an email should be sent. Just write your email as you normally would, then schedule it to arrive in your recipient’s inbox at a later date and time.
Just to let folks know, the browser that ships with Windows 10 is called Microsoft Edge. The developer and underlying code of the Microsoft Edge browser is a Microsoft engineered product.
It appears, in the near future, we are going to see a change in the Microsoft Edge browser in appearance and in the underlying code (the foundation) that makes the browser work. The appearance and underlying code are going to be based on Chromium, which is a (see Wikipedia) Google open-source web browser project. It is a fully functional browser on its own and supplies the vast majority of code for the Google Chrome browser.
So what does this mean to you at home? It means you should eventually see a new web browser still called “Edge” that will replace the current version of “Edge”; that will have a cleaner and faster interface (see video below)…
An early build of Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser has recently leaked online. This browser, which despite carrying the same name as it’s predecessor, will be built from a completely different foundation, and therefore, provide a completely refreshed experience for those who are already familiar with the current manifestation of Microsoft Edge. This new browser…
DuckDuckGo is a private search engine that focuses on not collecting your personal information.
Google included private search engine DuckDuckGo in its updated lists of default search engines for Chrome 73, which the search giant released Tuesday. TechCrunch reported the news earlier.
Google has come up with a compromise to make its “OK Google” feature more secure. Rather than allow users to unlock their Android devices completely (a security risk), the Voice Match command will soon limit “OK Google” to open the Assistant interface on the lock screen. There, interactions will be limited to “personal results,” things like Google Calendar, email, reminders and shopping lists.
I love my Chromebook… As a matter of fact, I drafted this article using my Chromebook. If you are unfamiliar with Chromebooks, let me explain in simple terms. The Chromebook is not a Microsoft Windows OS-based laptop; instead, it is a Google Chrome OS-based laptop (or notebook). DO NOT let that scare you. If you have ever used the Google Chrome web browser, then using a Chrome OS-based laptop is super easy. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend Chromebooks for our Mom’s and Pop’s out there because of their ease of use, portability, low maintenance, built-in security, and affordability. Many of the schools have gone to these for the same reasons. Not only that; Google is on a mission to make Chromebooks a mainstay and work hard to upgrading and improving the operating system (to include Android apps and the ability to run Linux). Interested? Check out some of the Chromebooks at Amazon (CLICK HERE)
If you are considering purchasing a Chromebook and want to learn more, take a look at this recent article about “Chromebook Specs & Performance Comparison Chart (2019)” that provides a specs comparison table and buying guide to quickly see the differences between each model, and find the best Chromebook for your needs.
Just learned you can play a quick game of Solitaire by performing a Google Search for “Solitaire”… After performing the search for “Solitaire” you will see the graphic as reflected below. Once you see the “Play Solitaire” graphic click on it to play “Solitaire”; and, for a surprise, click on the down arrow below the “Play Solitaire” graphic.
Source: solitaire – Google Search
I actually use the web-based version of Google Tasks via a browser extension; but apparently, I am one of the few… This news does not mean “Google Tasks” is going completely away. It will still be available via the Google Calendar, Gmail and Mobile version interfaces. The current web-based version is sort of dated and here is to hoping that Google comes up with a more modern standalone version.
Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News
Google informs users who open Google Tasks using a web browser that the classic version is going away.
Google rolls out Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection
Google introduced two new updates that will help keep your data secure, beyond just Google’s sites and apps: Password Checkup, a Chrome extension that helps protect your accounts from third party data breaches, and a new feature called Cross Account Protection.
Google Duo is a Google product (app) that allows you to make video calls… If you are not using it, I encourage you to give it a try…
So far, using Google Duo has been limited to smartphones, tablets, and the majority of Chromebooks. In the near future though, the Google Duo video chat service could work on your laptop or desktop computer through your internet browser.
I have to admit, I love my Chromebook… The Chrome OS keeps getting better and offers options that make good sense. One such option now baked into the Chrome OS is the “Night Light” feature. The goal of the “Night Light” feature is to help reduce your exposure to blue light for good eye health and to help you sleep better.
So, how do you get to this feature? Below is a brief summarization on how to activate this feature; however, to get the full blown tutorial on this I encourage you to visit TechRepublic (see source link below).
To enable Night Light in Chrome OS, open Settings, and look for the Displays section, where Night Light can be enabled. Adjust the slider to turn Night Light on, and then you’ll also be able to adjust two other features: Color temperature of the display and the schedule.
Reduce exposure to blue light from your Chrome OS device screen at night by changing these settings.
New activity cards in Search help you pick up where you left off, with quick access to previous pages visited and related searches to continue your exploration. To learn more on how the new activity cards work, click on the source link below…
- Head into the Settings of your device.
- Scroll down and tap on the “Accounts” option.
- Tap on the “Add account” option at the bottom of your screen.
- Select “Google”.
- Choose “More options”.
- Tap on “Create account”.
- Follow the on-screen instructions by entering your personal info, selecting a username, etc.
- Tap the “I Agree” button to create your Google account.
Google’s note-keeping app, called “Google Keep”, just “keeps” getting better… This is by far one of my favorite, most used, apps on my devices…
According to the Android Police, “Google Keep is getting a small update today on both Android and the web, but it’s an important one if you use hand-drawing notes a lot. From now on, you won’t be constrained to a single screen for your drawing — instead, Keep will add more space at the bottom of the note so you can keep going. The first time you get to the bottom of the screen while drawing, you’ll see a pop-up explaining that more space has been added.”
This site (click on the source link below) has taken the time to list over 251 Google products and services that you probably didn’t know about. There were many on the list that I did not know about.
Google is shutting down Google+. If you have a Google+ account, I highly recommend you delete it. Steps to delete the account can be found by clicking on the source link below…
After a Wall Street Journal report revealed that Google accidentally exposed personal information of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users, you might be thinking about deleting your account before the social network formally shuts down. We’ve got you covered.
In a blog post, the company admitted Google+ had failed to achieve “broad consumer or developer adoption” since it launched as a would-be Facebook rival in 2011. However, the announcement came moments after The Wall Street Journal reported Google had opted not to disclose a bug affecting hundreds of thousands of Google+ users at least in part to avoid additional regulatory scrutiny.
I am currently looking at Google Play Music and Spotify as an online music service subscription… So which one is the best?
Spotify is one of the most popular music services on the market today, but is it more deserving of your money than Google Play Music? Depending on your musical habits, the answer may be easier than you think.
What is Google Sites? Google Sites is a FREE and EASY way to create a personalized website; whether for private purposes or to post for everyone in the world to see. If you have a Google Account (or Gmail Account), you are good to go. Simply visit Google Sites to start working on your own website.
To read more about the enhancements, click on the source link below.
Google released a few enhancements to Google Sites in August 2018
Having always been a die-hard user of Windows and now favoring the Google Chrome OS; I have to agree with the ComputerWorld author here on this one…
Could you soon see Windows running on a Chromebook? Clues are pointing that way. But why would Google do it? Here’s my take.
Folks, this may be the future when diagnosing illnesses…
In partnership with the Moorfields Eye Hospital, Google has announced that DeepMind can now diagnose more than 50 “sight-threatening” eye diseases with the same accuracy you’d expect from “world-leading” doctors.
So far, I am liking the changes… Read More…
The check is in the mail; or, Gmail that is…
By integrating more deeply with Google, PayPal now allow you to seamlessly make payments in the likes of Gmail, YouTube, Google Pay and Google Store. As there is support for any service that makes use of Google Pay, users will also be able to make peer-to-peer payments.
Engaget reporting that Google is launching a new set of plans (for Google Drive), nicknamed Google One, that gives you and your family considerably more drive space.
Google has added a new 200GB plan for $3 per month, and the 2TB plan is down to $10 per month from the earlier $20. Existing tiers are still hanging around and range from 100GB for $2 per month to a hefty 30TB for $300 per month.
With the recent redesign, Google was able to build this offline functionality right into the web app. Users can now write, search, and delete/archive messages when they have no connectivity, with these changes syncing back when an internet connection is regained.
I love my Chromebook and this news that Chromebooks will soon be able to run “native” Linux apps is a bonus; in addition to the Chrome web apps and the Android apps that are already supported. Nice work Google…
If you haven’t already done so, you need to upgrade and try the NEW Gmail interface on the web. So far, I am loving it. Here is a good article (see source link below) by Inc. that will give you the skinny on what to expect; and, that getting to the new interface is only a couple mouse clicks away.
To get the new Gmail look (and features), open your Gmail, click on the settings cog (top right) and select the option “Try the new Gmail”… In the event you do not like what you are seeing, you can always go back to the classic Gmail by following the same steps.
Here is a quick rundown of the new Gmail, straight from the horse’s mouth… To get the new Gmail look (and features), open your Gmail, click on the settings cog (top right) and select the option “Try the new Gmail”… In the event you do not like what you are seeing, you can always go back to the classic Gmail by following the same steps.
Best new feature, I like, is the panel on the right side of the Gmail window that allows you quick access to your Tasks, Google Calendar and Google Keep…
Click the source link below to learn more…
As reported by TechCrunch: “Today, Google is launching the biggest revamp of Gmail in years. The company is bringing to the flagship Gmail service many (but not all) of the features it trialed in Inbox for Gmail, and adding a few new ones, too. With those new features, which we first reported earlier this month, the company is also introducing a refreshed design for the service, though if you’ve used Gmail before, you’ll feel right at home”.
Been reading this everywhere in the tech news about the new design coming to Gmail, with some cool and really sensible features. Follow the source link below to learn more about this (with screenshots) at Ars Technica.
Red alert, people! Gmail is being redesigned. Google sent out an email to G Suite administrators warning them a “fresh, clean look” would be coming to Gmail.com soon. Shortly after the email went out, leaked pictures of the design were posted to Android Authority and The Verge, so we have a ton of pictures to obsess over….
Google is looking for beta testers to try out the new Wi-Fi calling with Google Voice! Click on the source link to learn more. You will be required complete a very, very short form with your email address (that is associated with Google Voice). From what I gather, after completion of the form, you will at some point receive notice that you have been accepted as a beta tester and where to download the Google Voice App.
Wi-Fi calling lets you:
Reduce roaming charges when you’re on the go
Keep in touch even when you have poor cell service
Make calls from any device, not just your phone
Are you a music lover? If so, make sure you check out the Chrome Music Lab where you can have some fun with the hands-on experiments (such as Song Maker, Rhythm, Spectogram, Chords, Sound Waves, Appregios, Melody Maker and more…). All of these apps can be run straight from your web browser and no account sign-in is required.
What is Chrome Music Lab? Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
What can it be used for? Many teachers have been using Chrome Music Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. They’ve been combining it with dance and live instruments.
Can I use it to make my own songs? Yes. Check out the Song Maker experiment, which lets you make and share your own songs.
Source: Chrome Music Lab
One of the most overlooked Google Doc applications is Google Drawings. The main reason for this is that Google Drawings is not readily available in the listing of the other Google Docs (like Docs, Sheets and Slides). What I am finding is that Google Drawings is a powerful (easy to use) graphic designer that can be used for multi-purposes (i.e. blog postings, signs, cards, facebook posts, flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, etc…).
As I mentioned, it is not easy to find or get to. Below is step-by-step on how to get to Google Drawings. Once you are there, bookmark it in your web browser. You can also get to it, if you are a Google Chrome browser user, by going to the Google Chrome Store and downloading the Google Drawings app [here].
- On your computer, go to Google Drive.
- In the top left, click New More Google Drawings.
- Insert shapes, lines or text with the editing tools.
- When you’re finished, you can add your drawing to another file.
AND, if you want the real easy way of getting to Google Drawings, just [CLICK HERE]
If you are not familiar with Google Docs then take a look at these 11 Steps in using Google Docs. It is a good intro toward helping you understand that Google Docs may be all that you need when it comes to drafting your documents. It is like this… You can spend a great deal of money for Microsoft Office or you can go with Google Docs; which is FREE. If you already have a Gmail account, then you are you are already set up to start using Google Docs right away.
Source: Using Google Docs: 11 Steps
I currently own this Chromebook and I will tell you that I now very seldom use my Windows-based computer anymore at home. This has been a personal test of mine to determine if I could do the same work on the Chromebook as I do my desktop; AND, the answer is YES. This particular Chromebook is mid-range in performance and specs. I highly recommend it for home-based computing and for those Mom’s and Pop’s out there, due to its’ ease of use. This particular model by ACER is at a good price point now…
Check out this new camera from Google, called Google Clips…
Google Clips is smart enough to recognize great expressions, lighting and framing and capture beautiful, spontaneous images. Wirelessly connect to your phone to check out what you’ve shot.
I am exploring the Google Chromebooks and in the process, I am collecting various tips (and tricks) on how to use it. My goal is to learn this thing, “in and out”, with the intent of recommending the Chromebook to people at home. From what I am seeing, the Chromebook, just works, easy to use, updates are transparent, is inexpensive and there are a ton of Chrome apps and Android apps that can be run on the Chrome OS platform.
To get started with any device it is nice to have a “how to” list available and the best list I could find on the Chromebook was from c|net (see below)…
A dozen keyboard shortcuts to make Chrome OS even easier to use.
Google Cloud Print for the win.
What’s the Chromebook equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete?
Help the app shelf help you.
Open as window, says me.
Not all of your files are stored in the cloud. Learn how to move files between your Chromebook and an external hard drive, thumb drive or SD card.
Accessing Dropbox from Chrome OS’s file manager is preferable to accessing it through the Chrome browser.
Can’t live without a particular Windows program? Here’s the trick for running it on your Chromebook.
Screenshots are a quick and easy way to save information or troubleshoot an issue.
They may look the same, but a cheap laptop and a Chromebook are more different than you might expect.
Google is rolling out a new feature that will allow you to gauge the wait times at your favorite restaurants. How this works is that the wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data, similar to how Google computes the previously launched Popular Times and Visit Duration features.
To see wait times for nearly a million sit-down restaurants around the world that allow walk-ins, just search for the restaurant on Google, open the business listing, and scroll down to the Popular Times section. There you’ll see the estimated wait time at that very moment. And by tapping on any of the hour bars, you’ll see the estimated wait for that time period. You can even scroll left and right to see a summary of each day’s wait times below the hour bars–so you can plan ahead to beat the crowds.
You may have seen the commercials on TV advertising the Google Home Mini and wondering what is the Mini? I was curious as well and decided to find out.
The Google Home Mini is, quote: “About the size of a donut, it has all the smarts of the Google Assistant and gives you hands-free help in any room of your house”.
If you have an Android phone, you may be familiar with Google Assistant on your phone where you simply say “OK Google” and the assistant will launch; at which point, you can ask Google a question. It works very, very well. I am also seeing that you will soon be able to also prompt Google Assistant on your phone, by saying “Hey Google”. You can already do that with the Mini.
The one thing I was curious about, and my question has been answered, is the Mini as smart as the full-fledged Google Assistant(?); and, it is. The Mini is a pared down version of the Assistant making it more accessible in any room.
It’s sleek and smooth, with no corners or edges, and about the size of a donut. Its fabric enclosure is durable, yet transparent enough to let through both light and sound. The LEDs under the fabric light up to show you when your Assistant hears you. And it projects 360-degree sound so you’ll never miss a beat. With far-field microphones, Mini can hear you even when there’s music playing or there’s other noise in the background. Mini comes in three colors—Chalk, Charcoal and Coral. At $49, Google Home Mini works on its own or you can have a few around the house, giving you the power of Google anywhere in your home.
SOURCE: The Official Google Home Blog